Jumping into the Fray - Page 2
Now, having a child with severe disabilities, including almost daily seizures for reasons unknown, quickly makes a mother realize how little control we actually have over our children's lives. I write this with so much emphasis because it is one of the hardest things I've learned as a mother. I know that there are no givens — that my child can be healthy one day and perhaps forever changed the next. This has happened to me. But my children's health right now is not just one of luck. I have worked carefully and diligently, along with their doctors, for the most part allowing their own healthy immune systems to fight illness and disease. I now realize that it might take a lifetime of good, holistic healthcare to really make a difference. So, when people ask me whether I am anxious about the H1N1 virus and whether or not I'm going to vaccinate them against it, I tell them these things:
1. Yes, I am anxious that they will get sick. I hate when they get sick. In my daughter's case, I am especially anxious and cautious, given her seizure disorder.
2. No, I am not vaccinating them with this vaccine. I'm not impressed with the science and safety of the vaccinations and am very suspicious of the healthcare system in general. My own pediatrician is not recommending the vaccine.
3. My children and I are taking Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Colostrum and a homeopathic remedy for flu prevention. If they do get sick, I feel confident that their lifelong exposure to herbs and osteopathy will enable them to fight the illness and get better.
Frankly, getting into the vaccine conflict makes me physically ill. I once wrote a comment to a piece published by The New York Times that was picked as an Editor's Choice. In it, I claimed that I wasn't an anti-vaccine person but that I objected to what I believe is an oversimplification of the vaccine safety debate. I wondered if my own child's seizure disorder was the price to pay for public health in general and deplored the lack of media coverage about issues like that. I also said that if I were to vaccinate my boys and they had the same reaction as their sister's, I wouldn't be alive to tell it.
Original post to LA Moms Blog.
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